Not in My Backyard

As the iconic ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ turns 50, a look back at the housing integration case behind the art.

Lorraine Hansberry
Lorraine Hansberry

The monument of the spirit of Carl Hansberry, his daughter Lorraine and the entire Hansberry family is A Raisin in the Sun, an enduring piece of art whose back story is especially important today as black communities face new and often difficult housing issues as neighborhoods gentrify or deteriorate. And whole generations of black wealth are going up in smoke because of the subprime mortgage crisis.

Hansberry’s play is about determination, the human spirit and a willingness to be courageous as we try to make ourselves at home in a sometimes hostile land.

Brian Gilmore is an attorney and writer in Washington, D.C.